I hate it, but I love it
March 10, 2010 12:30 PM Subscribe
How do I motivate myself to stay in shape, when I lack a personal incentive? Or: How can I change my lifestyle so that I keep in shape anyway?
posted by Rory Marinich to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I've got a tried-and-tested set of weights, a pull-up bar, and a room large enough to let me work out without issue. Last year I got P90X, which I thoroughly enjoyed doing along with my roommate; I'm not daunted by the idea of intense workouts. I enjoy them when I get around to doing them.
At the same time, however, I don't feel a particularly dire need to work out. I'm not in extremely good shape, and I'm not superthin, but I'm at a healthy weight. So, while I want to maintain a solid workout schedule, and convert some of my dawdling time into workout time, I don't feel any passion about it. I want to either develop a passion or I want to figure out how to incorporate workouts in my life in a way that I don't need to feel zealous about it.
A few other considerations: I enjoyed P90X because it was a social activity. This year I don't have any group of friends who're into working out like I did last year. In fact, I feel a sort of social awkwardness about working out around other people. I've got a quiet roommate who spends his time watching talk shows, and when he's in the room I find it very difficult to start up any kind of routine. For the same reason, I think I'd feel awkward jogging. (Not that jogging helps build muscles in quite the same way balanced workouts do.)
So: How do I get myself committed to a workout pattern? How do I convince myself to start a 30-minute or an hour's workout when I'm busy lying about being a blah? Or: Are there everyday activities I could start doing that happen to help with fitness? (Climbing stairs is the first thing that comes to mind. Any similar things that work other parts of you?)